No matter whether your political beliefs lean to the left or to the right, we all can agree on two things: This year’s campaign cycle has been particularly contentious; and yet, we can always rely on one thing to hold our great republic together — and that’s great food. If you’re hosting an election party, consider making it a potluck. What better way is there to practice diplomacy in our own homes than to put our heads together and create a menu that appeals to everyone at the table? We can’t think of one. Better yet, give a nod to our nation’s defining eats by featuring native foods from each of the United States’ eight regions. Here are a few of our favorite shareable recipes that will cover all of your bases.
By Patty Lee
It’s been a heated election season, with no shortage of debates, speeches and campaign revelations, and the race to the White House has had everyone talking — including the country’s chefs and bartenders, who are taking politics into the kitchen. From burgers to ice cream to cocktails, check out the creative election-themed specials that bars and restaurants across the country are whipping up. Read more
Are you looking for ways to get more veggies onto your kids’ plates (and your own) at dinnertime — without wasting time, effort or food along the way? I have four small kids, and these are the sides I can rely on everyone liking every time. Here’s what’s in my fall rotation.
Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry (pictured above)
Healthy and colorful, this simple side from The Pioneer Woman can be on the table in just 30 minutes.
Dream. Come. True. A public drinking fountain that offers up not water but Italian red wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, to be precise) — for free, seven days a week — may sound like the stuff of fantasy, but it is actually now a thing.
By Jennifer Baggett Brennan
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.
A tiny gem along the Connecticut coastline, Old Saybrook is perfect for travelers craving a weekend getaway without the pretension (or price tag) of other New England favorites. This idyllic spot (and hometown of screen icon Katherine Hepburn) offers sandy shores and sparkling marinas, and its Main Street channels classic Americana. Quaint storefronts stand alongside popular tourist attractions that include the historical James Pharmacy & Soda Fountain (more on that later). When it comes to restaurant options, Old Saybrook actually delivers far more sophisticated fare than its charming small-town appearance may suggest. Thanks to an influx of urbanites from New York City and Boston, the town’s food scene has undergone a renaissance in the past decade, with stepped-up menus featuring fresh seafood recipes, creative farm-to-table meals and more. Here are 10 top dishes to try. Read more
Most cocktail recipes are pretty straightforward: Mix, stir or shake, then pour (and sip). But of course on Cutthroat Kitchen, few things are as easy as they seem, especially on a night like tonight, which saw the finale of Alton Brown‘s first-ever Tournament of Terror.
Guest judge Anne Burrell was in for the ultimate dizzying drink when she visited the After-Show. She checked out a few sabotages, then landed atop an especially evilicious sabotage: the rotating bed from Round 3, atop which she had to prep a Bloody Mary. But in true Cutthroat fashion, it wasn’t all about the bed; it was what the bed did that made this challenge interesting. “There’s one thing that I left out, Anne. One thing,” Alton told her after she was settled with her ingredients. Within moments the mischievous mattress began moving, but Anne didn’t let that scare her, taking the motion in stride. “This is so fun,” Anne said, realizing the full extent of the sabotage. “Does this thing go any faster?”
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
Potlucks are always a delicious choose-your-own eating adventure, but this time of year seems to bring out particularly comforting dishes. For fall and winter gatherings, many chefs draw inspiration from memory-lane-tripping family recipes, while others rely on tried-and-true party tricks to ensure that their dish is a hit. Here’s what pros around the country can’t wait to make for cold-weather potlucks. Read more
Love deep-fried foods but dislike the process of deep-frying? You’re in luck — at least where churros are concerned. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week introduces a baking technique that turns out the light, fluffy treats you crave, all with the ease of an oven. The key is piping the cinnamon-laced dough into two-bite logs; this lets you mimic the shape of traditional churros while ensuring the batter will stay set on a baking sheet. Before serving, dunk the churros in butter and dust them with a fragrant cinnamon-sugar mixture, then serve with an easy Caramel-Mango Sauce for bright, fruity contrast.
For more sweet treat ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Baked Mini Churro Bites
If Halloween snuck up on you (boo!), don’t get tricked out of a Halloween treat. You don’t need to invest in hokey smoke machines or tangled cobwebs to get in the Halloween spirit — we’ve got easy ideas for last-minute Halloween treats that are scary-good, and perfect for a spooky meal or take-to-school snack. A last-minute costume, on the other hand, is a bigger challenge, and one that we’ll leave to you.
All you need to make Sandra Lee’s Spider Bites is three ingredients: semisweet chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and creamy peanut butter.
There are few things better than a cheeseburger, but in Minneapolis, the Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy, depending on whom you ask) ups the cheesy, meaty ante. Read more